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Date:
April 27, 2006
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NATURE CENTER PROJECT RECEIVES MAJOR GRANT
City’s Eastern Saline Wetlands Project funded for second year

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today thanked the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) for awarding a $398,000 grant to the City for an addition to the Nature Center Prairie Building in Pioneers Park.

“The programs at the Prairie Building have educated thousands of school children and visitors about Nebraska’s environment for more than ten years,” said Mayor Seng. “This important expansion will provide more classroom and exhibit space to serve future generations.”

This project will help add 3,500 square feet to the Prairie Building. The new addition is scheduled to open in the late spring of 2007.

In addition to the NET grant, funding partners for the addition to the building include the Lincoln Cares community donation program, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, the Lincoln Public Schools Foundation, the Friends of the Pioneers Park Nature Center, the Lincoln Parks Foundation and the Lincoln Electric System.

Separately, the City also received $250,000 from the NET for the second year of a three-year $800,000 grant for the Eastern Saline Wetlands Project. The project is preserving and protecting the most imperiled natural area in Nebraska, which is located primarily in the Salt Creek watershed in northern Lancaster and southern Saunders counties. The funds are being used for land acquisition, restoration and the purchase of easements in cooperation with willing landowners. The project will provide flood control and water quality protection. The City is partnering in this project with Lancaster County, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, USDA – Natural Resources and Conservation Service, the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, The Nature Conservancy and the Wachiska Audubon Society.


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